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Teach Math with Legos! Also known as "An Incredibly Effective Way To Develop Your Child’s Math Skills With LEGO Blocks",
as shown in DYT. "School teacher Alycia Zimmerman regularly uses Lego to help develop basic math skills among her pupils.
Lego blocks, she finds, offer a great opportunity to explain fundamental math concepts and calculations in a way which is
immediately understandable for young minds."
Lego Math

"So for those who can’t find the right words or who find they haven’t got the patience to help with their kid’s math homework,
here are a few examples which Alycia uses. Each and everyone of them is incredibly simple, but seriously effective."

Examples shown in the article include: Parts vs. whole; Fractions; Square numbers; and Exploring mean, median, mode, and range.
Going in Homeschool, Primary Math, Intermediate Math, and Teachers & Parents



Vaccines Work, Here Are the Facts This is an infographic page, it's in comic strip form, it's readable and well-written. It covers all the facts about how vaccines work, the "arms race" between vaccines and viruses, and why there was a panic about autism (This was a hoax, a deliberate lie.) This strip gives the facts about the different lies that are spread by conspiracy theory anti-vaccination people. As you read down the page, you discover facts about anti-vaxers as well. The concept of "herd immunity" is well explained. The result of foolish people not vaccinating their children is a decrease in herd immunity, and therefore more "old-time" diseases are coming back! "Like diseases, fear and misinformation spread easily to those who aren't vaccinated against them." So read this page and "get vaccinated"!
Going in Health, Homeschool, Life Skills, and in Teachers and Parents



Alessondra's OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam Is back, with streaming video and millions of viewers! Now, this is neat! A Great Horned Owl nest in a planter box outside a second story window! Very popular, the camera is right there but the owls don't seem to mind. Young Alessondra is a hoot (oops).


"An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia,
facing nature's greatest obstacle: human civilization. My final thesis film at CalArts!" - Seth Boyden
Simply wonderful. Duration = 5:43

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Gharial Daddy by Rupak De
Original photo was for Facebook.
Gharials are crocodile relatives, so they are cousins of all the crocodiles, the caimans,
and the alligators of the world. Together, they make up the crocodilians.
"The award winning picture of the male gahrial with scores of recently hatched young ones
either on its back or hovering closeby in the river Chambal in Etawah.
This type of caregiving by male parent is indeed an exceedingly rare sight."
Going in Animals.

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Mathematics in Banking – Compound Interest This short article outlines simple and compound interest and shows the equations for each while explaining the differences. You are walked through a problem where an amount ($5,000) is held 5 years at 4% compounded quarterly. Walking through the compound interest formula, you find the interest earned in 5 years is $1100.95. The power of compound interest is how greatly your money grows over time. Two statements from this article sum it up:

" (1) The more frequent the compounding, the more money you can make.

(2) The longer you allow your money to remain in the account, the greater is the final amount you receive."

This chart from The Motley Fool shows what your money does over 50 years. Compound interest is your friend.

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Gravity from the NSTMF Lab "How do celestial bodies warp the fabric of space-time and interact with each other?" Explore. Make your own objects in 2-D space! See how the big, massy ones attract smaller ones. More mass = more attraction. Click the Create Your Universe button. Read the Observations when they pop up to learn more about gravity. Going in Astronomy and Earth Science

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Fulgurites The strange looking sand formation below is called a fulgurite. Also known as petrified lightning, fulgurites are formed when lightning instantaneously melts the mineral grains in sand and fuses the grains together. The result is a hollow glassy tube with a root-like appearance.The estimated temperature required to create a fulgurite varies, but it is believed to be between 1500 °C to 4000 °C. Their size can range from just a few centimeters to several meters long. The longest fulgurite on record is 4.9 meters.

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Tiger Gives Birth To Twins, and it's all on video! "Watch this absolutely incredible video below and make sure you watch it until the very end. It’s such a beautiful reminder that all life is precious."

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NEWSFLASH! New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection Here's a Christmas Present for the whole world!



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You Really Can’t Imagine How Deep The Ocean Is This page makes a good effort to instill a sense of how deep the ocean is. The ocean is seriously deep! The AVERAGE depth of the ocean is 4,267 meters. The deepest part we know of so far is almost 11,000 meters (11 km). To see only the video portion, click here The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think. It's good, even though the narrator is forced to talk fast to keep up with this 6:52 video! To see a much shorter (1:24) CGI video of a sperm whale fighting a colossal giant squid, click here to watch COLOSSAL SQUID Vs. SPERM WHALE Going in Animals, Geography, and Maps



Homer’s Odyssey Sung In Original Ancient Greek "In the course of the last years, we have developed a technique of singing the Homeric epics, which is appropriate for the primarily oral tradition from which these poems emerge." Accompanied by an ancient type of lyre. Five minutes of pretty monotonous recitation; but it's Homer, sung in Mycenean Greek. Going in Ancient History and Archaeology and in Music.

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Mitochondria This one page, information-packed article tells you all you need to know about these organelles (= any of a number of organized or specialized structures within a living cell). Mitochondria were once independently living bacteria. They were absorbed by bigger cells and started doing new jobs to "pay the rent". Mitochondria are the energy source for everything that cells do. Mitochondria do many other really important things, to keep cells running as they should. You can read about them at this site!


"Mitochondria’s double-membrane structure is essential to its role as energy producer: The outer membrane covers the organelle like a skin and the inner membrane has many folds called cristae. With increased surface area, the cristae allow for more chemical reactions." Car batteries have plates to increase their power for the same reasons. Going in Living Things


Kelenken For 30 million years, members of this family of Terror Birds were the top predators in South America.
They left behind smaller descendants called Cariamas or Seriemas, which are also predators. It's a good thing
they are much smaller!


Going in Dinos & Paleo.



A Field Guide to Germs AKA Germs 101 is a big infographic (950 x 1200). It's about pathogens: bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa and spirochetes (like malaria and syphilis), and oddballs like parasitic worms and prions (Mad Cow). There's a lot of information here. This is from Get Science and it's free. Going in Health and Living Things.

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Jacksmith You are Jacksmith, a traveling smith in a fantasy era. You specialize in crafting and forging weapons to fight monsters. Your clients are men-at-arms and angry peasants with axes, swords, shields, pikes, bow, staffs, and cannon balls. Add different pieces to make custom arrows. pikes. swords, etc. Your Jacksmith grows in knowledge of the smithing arts, both the business side and the forging side. Students gain knowledge of practical business math, inventory, planning, metallurgy, and situational awareness. Games can be saved, too. BTW several games sites feature this game. Going in Earth Science, Life Skills, and Technology

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How to have a Medieval Hairstyle (video) Janet Stephens, one of the world’s leading experts on historical hairstyles,
has released a medieval hairdressing tutorial, based on a 1328 painting by Simone Martini in Siena.
The famous "hairstyle archaeologist" goes step by step through the process of creating this cute arrangement.
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Puggles! "Sydney's Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first baby echidnas, or puggles as they are better known,
in almost 30 years. The three babies hatched from their eggs in August but keepers wanted to see them grow before going public."
Echidnas are one of only two Australian mammals that lay eggs (the other is the duck-billed platypus).
The baby echidnas hatch after 10 days and are carried around by their mothers in a pouch-like skin fold for
up to two months." For months, puggles drink their mother's milk, and sleep a lot.

Echidnas and platypus are monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs. Echidnas and platypus have a common ancestor,
that was a primitive kind of platypus. Early echidnas left the water to live on land. They eat ants, bugs, worms, etc,
like hedgehogs. Monotremes are more closely related to Marsupials (the pouched mammals) than they are to Placental mammals
(all other mammals). Learn more about the different kinds of echidnas from Wildcare Australia. Going in Animals.



Oldest Human Skeleton in the Americas


A teenage girl left her remains in Yucutan 13,000 years ago. Her DNA says she was 100% Native American.
How did her people get to the Gulf coast of Mexico? Did their ancestors walk from Siberia? Watch this video!
Going in Ancient History and Archaeology



Bubble Net Feeding Watch humpbacks team up to herd and feast on bait balls of herring and other small, schooling fish.

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Ingenious Bubble Net Fishing - BBC - David Attenbrough

Humpback Whale: Hunting Technique Short and fact filled

Whales Team Up in Amazing Bubble-Net Hunt | National Geographic Only 1:45 long and very close-up

Norwegian fishermen have close encounter with hunting humpback whales In a fjord near Tromsø

Going in Animal Cams




Old Norse Map of the Viking World "The geographical range of Viking exploration between the 9th and 12th centuries AD was amazing. From their Northern European homelands in today’s Norway, Denmark and Sweden they used the Norwegian and Baltic Seas to engage with the world as looters, traders, colonists and mercenaries." Clicking on the map enlarges it - you could go from the 768 X 364 size up to a 5039 X 2413 monster with several intermediate sizes, if you wanted. All the placenames are in Old Norse. The map also comes in modern English, as a guide. Going in Ancient History and Archaeology and in Maps






Ancient Australian Astronomical Observatory "An ancient Aboriginal site at a secret location in the Victorian bush could be the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza...Scientists studying the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement say it could date back more than 11,000 years. It's "a stone arrangement where you mark off the seasons throughout the year with the solstices and equinoxes." Just like Stonehenge and other places in the UK and Ireland. Has a good video and lots of reading! Going in Ancient History and Archaeology and in Astronomy





Winnemucca petroglyph is between 10,500 to 14,800 years old.jpgWinnemucca Petroglyphs: Oldest Rock Art in North America

"New analysis suggests these petroglyphs are the oldest North America,
dating back to between 10,500 and 14,800 years ago."
This long article has a map of the area. The article covers
the who, what. when. where, and why.
Going in Ancient History and Archaeology










Eyes on Exoplanets This NASA site will fly you to any planet you wish—as long as it's far beyond our solar system. This fully rendered 3D universe is scientifically accurate, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars. Requires a one-time download of the app. Then, get out there and see what you can find!
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